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Nature of Christ Bible Study

Bible study notes on the topic of Jesus Christ.

Importance of Doctrine About Christ

Doctrine about Christ is important, since Christ is central to salvation from sin, our hope of eternal life.

Romans 16:17-18 Avoid those who cause division with contrary doctrines.
2 Corinthians 11:2-4 The Corinthians were too willing to put up with false doctrine about "a different Jesus", and a "different spirit".
Galatians 1:6-9 Beware of different gospels other than that of Christ which Paul and the other apostles preached.
1 John 2:22-24 Someone who denies that Jesus is the Christ is an Antichrist.
1 John 4:1-4 Denying Jesus Christ came in the flesh is the spirit of the Antichrist.
1 John 5:1 To be a child of God, we must believe Jesus is the Christ.
2 John 1:9-11 Don't greet or receive someone who doesn't have the true doctrine of Christ.

One God

Deuteronomy 4:35-39
Deuteronomy 6:4
Deuteronomy 32:39
Nehemiah 9:5-6
Psalm 83:18
Psalm 86:8-10
Isaiah 37:16,20
Isaiah 43:10-11
Isaiah 44:6-8,24
Isaiah 45:5-6,21-22
Isaiah 46:9
Jeremiah 10:10 True God, living God, everlasting king.
Joel 2:27
Mark 12:28-34
John 5:44
John 17:3
1 Corinthians 8:4-6
Galatians 3:20
Ephesians 4:4-6
1 Timothy 1:17
1 Timothy 2:5
1 Timothy 6:13-16
James 2:19
Jude 1:4
Revelation 4:11

One God, Yet More Than One

In the Old Testament, "God" is translated from "Elohim", a plural word but with singular verbs.

Genesis 1:26 Creation of Man: "Let Us make man in Our image...".
Genesis 3:22 Punishment on Adam and Eve. "Behold, the man has become like one of Us..."
Genesis 11:7 Confusion of the languages. "Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language..."
Psalm 110:1,5 "The Lord said to my Lord..."
Ecclesiastes 12:1 literally, plural "Remember now your Creators".
Isaiah 6:8 "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?"
Isaiah 54:5 literally, plural "Makers".
Zechariah 2:6-11 The Lord who was sent to Israel by the Lord of hosts.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 17:5 "...glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was."
Acts 7:56 Stephen, "Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!"

Jesus is the son of God.

God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ

This pattern is repeated many times in the New Testament scriptures.

Romans 1:7; 15:6
1 Corinthians 1:3
1 Corinthians 8:6 ...there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ...
2 Corinthians 1:2-3; 11:31
Galatians 1:3
Ephesians 1:2-3,17; 5:20; 6:23
Philippians 1:2; 2:11
Colossians 1:2-3; 3:17
1 Thessalonians 1:1,3; 3:11-13 God and Father Himself... and Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 1:1-2; 2:16
1 Timothy 1:2
2 Timothy 1:2
Titus 1:4
Philemon 1:3
1 Peter 1:3 God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 John 1:3

Angel of the Lord, but Not an Angel

The Old Testament talks about the "Angel of the Lord", which KJV etc translators have put with capital A since the circumstances of the passage indicate this was God, not a created angel:

Genesis 16:7-11 Hagar.
Genesis 22:11-18 Abraham about to sacrifice Isaac.
Genesis 31:11 Jacob and Laban's flocks.
Genesis 48:15-16 Jacob's blessing on Ephraim and Manasseh.
Exodus 3 The Angel of the Lord appeared to Moses via the burning bush.
Judges 2:1-5 Rebuke to Israel for not driving out the inhabitants of Canaan.
Judges 6:11-24 Gideon.
Hosea 12:3-6 Recounting Jacob wrestling with "the Angel" in Genesis 32:22-32 which describes Jacob wrestling with God.
Acts 7:38

The Hebrew word translated "angel" can also mean "messenger". This is consistent with Jesus Christ being the "Word of God", the divine messenger, the mediator between God and humanity.

Hebrews 1

A Prophet Like Moses

Deuteronomy 18:15-19
Acts 3:22-23; 7:37

Existed Before Human Birth

John 1:1 Existed "in the beginning" with God.
John 17:5,20-24 Existed with the Father "before the world was".
1 Corinthians 10:4 Christ was the Rock that travelled with Israel, from which they ate and drank spiritual food.

Eternal

Psalm 90:2 Creator is from everlasting.
Micah 5:2 The Messiah is from eternity.
John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." If Jesus was God, then He is eternal.
John 8:56-58 "I AM" referring to Exodus 3:14 Hebrews 5:6,10; 7:3,21 Melchizedek — no beginning of days. Jesus Christ was made a priest "according to the order of Melchizedek".
1 John 1:2
Revelation 1:11-18; 2:8; 21:6 Alpha and Omega, First and Last, Beginning and End.

Divine, Is God

Matthew 1:23 quoting Isaiah 7:14. Immanuel = "God with us".
Matthew 12:6-8 Christ is greater than the temple itself. The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:18 "The only begotten God" (NU, Alexandrian texts)
John 20:28 Thomas called resurrected Jesus, "My Lord and my God".
Hebrews 1:8 quoting Psalm 45:6-7
Hebrews 1:10-12 says Jesus is the Lord, creator of heaven and earth. It quotes Psalm 102:25-27
1 Timothy 3:16 "God was manifested in the flesh..." (Byzantine, majority texts).
Titus 2:13 Should this be read as "(great God) and (Saviour Jesus Christ)", or as "(great God and Saviour) Jesus Christ"? The latter seems to fit the context better.

Messiah aka Christ

Matthew 16:13-17 Peter's confession.
Luke 2:11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
John 1:17,41
John 4:42 Confession of the Samaritans.
John 6:68-69 Confession of Peter speaking for the disciples.
John 20:31
Acts 8:37 Ethiopian eunuch's confession.
Acts 9:22; 17:3; 18:5,28 Paul laboured to convince people from Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.
1 John 2:22; 5:1

Fulfilled Messianic Prophecy

Psalm 22
Psalm 22:22 quoted by Hebrews 2:12
Isaiah 52:13-15;53:1-12

Son of God

Proverbs 30:4
Matthew 3:17
Matthew 16:13-17 Peter's confession.
John 1:34 John's testimony.
John 5:17-18 Jesus said God was His father, making himself equal to God.
John 6:68-69 Confession of Peter speaking for the disciples.
John 20:31
Acts 8:37 Ethiopian eunuch's confession.
1 John 1:3; 4:15; 5:9-13

Only-begotten Son

Psalm 2:7
John 1:14,18; 3:16,18 Only-begotten Son.
Acts 13:33 quotes Psalm 2:7
Hebrews 1:5; 5:5 Begotten — quotes Psalm 2:7
1 John 5:1 Begotten.
Hebrews 11:17 Abraham was willing to offer up his "only-begotten son" as a type of the Father offering Jesus.

Worthy of Worship

Matthew 2:2,8,11 The wise men from the east came to worship the child Jesus.
Matthew 8:2 Leper worshipped Him.
Matthew 9:18 Ruler.
Matthew 14:33 Those in the boat.
Matthew 15:25 Woman of Canaan with a demon-possessed daughter.
Matthew 28:9,17 The women who found the empty tomb, on their way to tell the disciples.
Luke 24:52 The disciples, at His ascension.
John 9:38 The blind man who Jesus healed.

Servant of God

Acts 3:13 Jesus is the servant of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Image of God

John 14:7-11 Christ is in the Father.
2 Corinthians 4:4
Colossians 1:15
Colossians 1:19; 2:9 Fullness of God dwells in Jesus.
Hebrews 1:3

Revelation, Messenger, Spokesman for God

Malachi 3:1
John 1:1,14; Revelation 19:13 Jesus being called "the Word", Greek λόγος (logos).
John 5:19-20 Jesus didn't speak on His own authority, but what the Father told Him.
John 5:43; 10:25 Came and worked in the Father's name.
John 8:29; 14:7-11 If you've seen Christ, you've seen the Father.
John 12:49 Spokesman for the Father.
Hebrews 1:1-3
Hebrews 3:1 Jesus is "our apostle"
Revelation 3:14 True witness.

One With the Father

John 1:1
John 8:29; 14:7-11 If you've seen Christ, you've seen the Father.
John 17:21-23
Colossians 2:2 "...both of the Father and of Christ."

Creator

Genesis 1:1
Genesis 1:3; Psalm 33:6,9 God created by speaking. John 1:1 calls Jesus "the Word".
Psalm 33:6,9
Psalm 104
Isaiah 40:25-26,28
Jeremiah 10:11-13
John 1:3
1 Corinthians 8:6 ... through whom are all things...
Ephesians 3:9 ...God who created all things through Jesus Christ.
Colossians 1:16-17
Hebrews 1:2
Hebrews 1:10-12 which refers to Psalm 102:25-27
Hebrews 2:10
Revelation 4:11 The Lord who sits on the throne is worshipped, and declared to be the creator of all things by His will. The next chapter Revelation 5 describes the Lamb of God separately, who is also glorified as worthy to open the scroll, the redeemer, worthy of praise and honour and glory.

Lived as a Human Being

Jesus Christ came and lived as a human being, also experiencing the suffering that humans experience.

John 1:14
John 5:27 The Father has made Jesus judge because Jesus is the "son of man".
Philippians 2:5-11
1 Timothy 3:16 God was manifested in the flesh.
Hebrews 2:10-18
Hebrews 4:15 In all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Hebrews 5:7-9
1 John 1:1-3
1 John 4:2-3

Sinless

2 Corinthians 5:21
Hebrews 2:17-18; 4:15
1 Peter 1:19 Lamb without blemish or spot.
1 John 3:5

Firstborn From the Dead

Romans 8:29 The Son is to be firstborn among many brethren.
1 Corinthians 15:23
Colossians 1:15,18
Hebrews 1:6
Revelation 1:5

Saviour

The name Jesus means Saviour.

Matthew 1:21
Luke 2:11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
John 4:42 Confession of the Samaritans.
Acts 4:10-12 No other name by which we may be saved.
Acts 5:31
Hebrews 2:10; 5:9 Captain, author of salvation.
1 John 4:14

Father Is Also Called Saviour

1 Timothy 1:1; 2:3

The Only Way to Salvation

Isaiah 43:11
Hosea 13:4
John 3:18,36
John 6:28-29, 48-58
John 8:24
John 14:6 I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
John 15:1-6 I am the true Vine.
Acts 4:12
1 Corinthians 3:11
1 John 5:12

Lamb of God

This relates to Jesus being Saviour, because the Lamb of God "takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29).

Exodus 12:1-13 The Passover lamb which saved the Israelites from death.
Isaiah 53:7 The Messiah was led as a sheep to the slaughter. In Acts 8:32-35, Philip teaches the Ethiopian eunuch that this is talking about Jesus.
John 1:29,36 John's testimony: Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
1 Peter 1:19 A Lamb without blemish or spot.
Revelation 5:5-14

Mediator Between God and Humanity

John 10:9 Christ is the door.
1 Timothy 2:3-6 ...there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus...
Hebrews 7:25 He lives to make intercession for us.
Hebrews 8:6; 9:15; 12:24 Mediator of the new & better covenant.
1 John 2:1 Advocate.

Note that the Bible nowhere says Mary is an intercessor, as the Catholic church says.

Light

John 8:12

Sustenance: Bread, Vine

John 6:26-58 Christ is the bread of life.
John 15:1-5 Christ is the vine to which we must be attached.

Chief Shepherd

Psalm 23:1-4 The Lord is my Shepherd.
Hebrews 13:20 That great Shepherd of the sheep (God or Lord Jesus?).
1 Peter 5:4 Chief Shepherd.

Teacher

Matthew 23:8-10

Rock, Foundation

Genesis 49:24 God is a rock.
Exodus 17:1,6; Isaiah 48:21 Water from the struck rock.
Numbers 20:1-11 Water from the struck rock; but it should have been the rock spoken to.
Deuteronomy 32:4,15,18,30-31 God is a rock.
1 Samuel 2:2; 22:2-3,32,47; 23:3
Psalm 18:2,31,46; 19:14; 28:1; 31:2-3; 42:9; 61:2; 62:2,6-7; 71:3; 78:35; 89:26; 92:15; 94:22; 95:1; 144:1 God is our Rock.
Psalm 118:22 The stone the builders rejected, which has become the chief cornerstone. See 1 Peter 2:4-8
Isaiah 8:14 A rock of stumbling. See Romans 9:33 and 1 Peter 2:4-8
Isaiah 17:10; 26:4; 30:29; 44:8; 51:1
Isaiah 28:16 Foundation. See 1 Peter 2:4-8
Daniel 2:34-35,45 The rock that will smash the kingdoms of this world.
Habakkuk 1:12
Matthew 16:18 Jesus would build His church on a rock — himself.
Romans 9:33 quotes Isaiah 8:14; 28:16 and identifies it with Christ.
1 Corinthians 10:4 That rock [that the Israelites drank from] was Christ.
1 Peter 2:4-8 quotes Psalm 118:22; Isaiah 8:14; 28:16 and identifies it with Christ.

Redeemer

Job 19:25
Isaiah 44:6
1 Timothy 2:6 Jesus gave Himself as a ransom.
1 Peter 1:18-19 Redeemed by the Lamb without spot or blemish.
Revelation 5:9

Judge

Joel 3:12
Matthew 28:18 All authority in heaven and earth has been given to Jesus.
John 5:21-23
John 5:27 The Father has made Jesus judge because Jesus is the "son of man".
Acts 10:42
Philippians 2:9-11
Hebrews 2:17-18; 4:15

Our High Priest

Psalm 110:4
Hebrews 2:17; 3:1; 4:15; 5:1-11; 7:1-28; 8:1-6; 9:11-15,23-28
He is the High Priest, Mediator of the New Covenant.
Hebrews 5:6,10-11; 7:1-28 Of the order of Melchizedek, not Aaron.

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